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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a massage therapist during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Ask your massage therapist if they offer consultations over a video chat or phone call. If they do, ask them any questions you have about the upcoming appointment. For example, ask what precautions they're taking to keep both parties safe due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You might also want to ask if they offer gift cards that can be used at a later time, remote services or even virtual lessons for you or members in your household.

Also, ask how they plan to handle payments, and whether you can pay through an online or digital method instead of with physical cash or credit cards. 

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a massage therapist when social distancing?

Because massage therapy requires person-to-person contact, social distancing is not possible. However, you can ask massage therapists near you if they can offer remote services instead, such as lessons for you and your partner.

If you don’t want to book an appointment with a massage therapist right now, but you will in the future when the pandemic subsides, consider paying your massage therapist in advance or tipping them anyway. You can also ask about buying a gift card for future work. 

Can I use digital payments to pay for a massage?

Many massage therapists accept digital payments through Venmo, Apple Pay, PayPal, Venmo, Square Cash, Zelle and other online platforms. Even businesses that do not typically accept digital payments may be changing their methods to practice social distancing. Just check with your massage therapist before the appointment to see how they handle payments.  

Does a massage therapist need to enter my home?

Many massage therapists operate their businesses out of their own homes, though some offer mobile massages and come to your home. You should ask the massage therapist where they typically operate and if they are making any special accommodations to better observe the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing

If you must cancel or delay your massage therapy appointment due to COVID-19, consider asking the therapist if they can offer massage techniques or lessons via video chat, email or some other digital format. You can also ask if it's possible to buy gift cards that can be used at a later time.

How can I find out if a massage therapist is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

The definition of an essential COVID-19 service provider varies from state to state and city to city. To see which businesses are considered essential in your area, visit the official government website of your state or city.

You can also read CISA’s publication on identifying critical workers to find out more information on a national level. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.

Do deep tissue massages work?

Deep tissue massage not only feels fabulous, it can provide results. The massage technique targets deeper layers of muscle and your connective tissue. For its ability to stimulate those deeper muscles, deep tissue massage is commonly used during recuperation from sports-related and other injuries, according to the Mayo Clinic. Deep tissue massage has been proved to reduce high blood pressure and a range of other ailments. Deep tissue and other types of massage are frequently used for relieving stress, managing pain, breaking down scar tissue, relieving muscle tension and improving health. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health cites the following as health conditions for which that deep tissue massage can provide relief:

  • Chronic low back pain, chronic neck pain, and osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Labor pains
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Fibromyalgia pain and fatigue
  • Headaches

The proper deep tissue massage may also benefit preterm infant health. Cancer patients may experience reduced pain, increased relaxation, and improved mood.

What is a traditional Thai massage?

Traditional Thai massage is a different experience if you’ve only ever had a Swedish or deep tissue massage. In Thai massage, you wear loose-fitting clothing (often provided by the massage therapist) and start by lying on a mat. Throughout the massage, the therapist moves your body into various seated and prone positions, which stretch and release your muscles and soft tissue. Although your body is moving, the therapist is doing all the work, making it feel similar to supported yoga. The massage therapist will bend, stretch, and compress and lengthen your body using their hands, forearms, elbows and even feet. Don’t be alarmed by the feet! Many studios have overhead supports that allow the practitioners to safely walk on your back, releasing tight adhesions and promoting ease. Thai massage can be both invigorating and relaxing. It is an excellent option for keeping your muscles in good health if you regularly work out, or if you want to overcome a lack of flexibility. Studies show that Thai massage can increase blood circulation, improve flexibility, reduce muscle tension and enhance mental well-being.

What are the different Swedish massage techniques?

There are five main techniques in Swedish massage: effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. Within each category there are various movements, all intended to ease muscle tension and pain. Each movement has a specific purpose for loosening, warming, soothing or stimulating your muscles during your massage. Here is a breakdown of each of the five Swedish massage techniques:

  • Effleurage: Sweeping, gliding, smooth long strokes done with the hands or forearms. These strokes can loosen and warm the body and are said to help stimulate blood flow.
  • Friction: These circular or transverse rubbing strokes are also warming and can get deeper into the muscle tissue. They should be avoided on injured or inflamed areas or areas.
  • Petrissage: Lifting, kneading, skin rolling, muscle rolling and wringing. These movements help with circulation, which stimulates cell regeneration, and aid in loosening tense muscles.
  • Tapotement: Tapping, plucking, cupping and pounding. Tapotement movements can help improve blood circulation and cell rejuvenation, and also relax and release tight muscles.  
  • Vibration: Rocking, shaking and trembling movements. These motions can help muscles release.

How much are pregnancy massages?

Prenatal massages can be a safe and therapeutic way to alleviate the aches and pains of pregnancy. A prenatal massage can promote a sense of relaxation and well-being for expectant mothers. The national average cost for a pregnancy massage ranges between $70 and $90. The cost of a pregnancy massage will vary depending on where you live, the length of the massage, and the massage therapist. Typically, the longer a massage, the higher the cost. Some massage therapists charge the same rate per minute, regardless of massage length, while others charge less per minute for longer appointments. Here are two examples of average prenatal massage costs:

  • Therapist A: Offers a 30-minute massage for $45, 45 minutes for $60, 60 minutes for $75, 75 minutes for $90 and 90 minutes for $105.
  • Therapist B: offers a 30-minute massage for $45, a 60-minute massage for $85, a 90-minute massage for $115 and a 120-minute massage for $145.
Reviews for Chula Vista massage therapists
Lisa D.
I am also a massage therapist, and Karen gave me the best massage I've ever had.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Daniel S.
Excellent massage. Highly recommend!
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Juan C.
Very professional. Great massage.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Maria G.
Loved the massage. Felt great afterwards as always.
Alexis G.Alexis G.
Lucius S.
Best massage ever! I Will definitely be back again!
Bliss Massage and ReikiBliss Massage and Reiki
Zachary O.
My wife expirenced a wonderful massage, thank you!!
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Breanna J.
Excellent massage! Punctual and very friendly. Highly recommend!
Relax, llcRelax, llc
Jazlyn Z.
Best massage ever!! My neck and shoulders had so many knots and I feel so relieved of pressure. I was able to schedule monthly massages and have them in the comfort of my home (:
BG Spa ServicesBG Spa Services
Domonique M.
The massage was great great music I will definitely book again
Northern South MassageNorthern South Massage
Lesley W.
Shannon was so professional, timely, and gave amazing massages. Would highly recommend!
Gemini HealingGemini Healing
Frederick B.
Absolutely satisfying massage. Very professional and positive energy. Will definitely book again
Luis V.
Very friendly and professional. Me and my wife both enjoyed our massages.
Spartan Muscle TherapySpartan Muscle Therapy
Patrice S.
She is awesome. Very knowledgeable and her massages are the best I've had since being in California.
BG Spa ServicesBG Spa Services
Johnnie w.
Everything about our experience was first class! From our initial contact, Madeline was very responsive and professional. I booked her as a birthday gift for my wife and as a way to cap off her long stressful week. The day of the massage, she showed up on time and prepared. The massage itself was amazing and my wife really loved the music, oils, and hot stones that she used. We both loved her positive energy and are already planning the next massage. Thank you!
Mystical Energy CreationsMystical Energy Creations
Josh w.
Very professional, has everything you need to make you feel like your in a real massage parlor. Great lotion.
Robert E.
Nice older petite lady who gave the strongest deep professional massage I’ve ever received. I loved it. She really cares about her clients and doing a quality job. She spent an extra 15 minutes at no additional charge to ensure she successfully completed my massage. I highly recommend her. Thank you!
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
Khadija T.
I really needed this massage because I was so stiff. I was glad to get some relief, especially at 9 months pregnant!
Medical & Holistic Massage by SarahMedical & Holistic Massage by Sarah
Thumbtack Customer
I had the pleasure of receiving a massage from Jazmine this morning! She is incredibly professional and was extremely attentive to my needs. Thank you, Jazmine!
Jazmine Northrup, HHPJazmine Northrup, HHP
Daniel N.
Christine is absolutely amazing at what she does. I had a deep tissue massage on my back and shoulders. I scheduled the appointment due to pain and muscle tightness I was experiencing in my shoulders. After the massage I was immediately feeling looser in the areas I was having pain. I highly recommend Christine as she is truly great as a masseuse. I look forward to seeing you again Christine.
Natural Balance Wellness CenterNatural Balance Wellness Center
Alex S.
Karen did an amazing job assessing my needs, to improve recovery from a high training week at the Olympic Training Center. With a strong expertise on hip flexibility, Karen’s massage helped loosen my legs from many long runs and bike rides, improving my range of motion, reducing soreness, and ultimately helping speed up my recovery. Thanks Karen, for the attentiveness and professionalism during the 120 minute massage.
Balanced Health Therapeutics MassageBalanced Health Therapeutics Massage
Colleen I.
I had pulled my back and was in immediate pain relief. With most places closed, I went online and was lucky to have found Relax, LLC. I was able to be seen same day. And despite my 2 large dogs, she was able to give me a great massage and I am now pain free. Before the massage I was unable to bend past the waist. Now I can FINALLY do yoga again!!!! Thank you so much!!!!
Relax, llcRelax, llc
Nerliza C.
Great massage! Karen listened and heard what I wanted and all that was going on with me. I love that she worked on exactly what I asked for and even muscles I didn't know were connected!
Balanced Health Therapeutics MassageBalanced Health Therapeutics Massage
Mayra c.
Omgawdddd!!! Let me tell you I usually get a massage once a month but with everything going on it has been hard. I found Charmaine and thank God! She is amazing she really knows every bone in your body that means she will fix any problem. And lastly she means buisness I called her at 10pm because I was dying after work and without hesitation she said I will be there... So amazing that we planned for a 60 minute massage and through the process I said make it 90 minutes. AMAZING will us her forever!!!
Spartan Muscle TherapySpartan Muscle Therapy
Magda G.
Elle was able to accommodate a next day request and arrived early to set up. We scheduled two 1 hour massages and she was fantastic with both. My son and husband really appreciated how deep she was able to work on their backs and shoulders.
Mobile Massage by ElleMobile Massage by Elle
Katie P.
Great massage. Really enjoyed being ay my home and being able to relax even if I did have my kids running around. Haha. She really took the time to help me relax and get the problem areas kneeded out.
Language of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen KelleyLanguage of Touch; Massage Therapy by Karen Kelley
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